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FDP Forum / Non-Fender Gear Reviews / 2017 Gibson Les Paul Traditional

Gene from Tampa
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Tampa, FL

There's An APP for That Now
Nov 20th, 2018 01:07 PM   Edit   Profile  

Saw it hanging high up the wall in the Tampa GC. It was recently brought in and being sold as a used guitar. A Heritage Cherry LP with some lite tiger stripes. A brief bit of research on Google showed it to be tagged at 40% off what it sold for new.

I examined it carefully and it appeared to be flawless; still strung with original Gibson strings(!) and had zero signs of wear. I plugged it in and everything worked so I pulled the trigger.

Once home I did a careful setup - set relief to .007, added a new set of 10's (EB slinkys) and lowered the ABR1 wired bridge to 3/64 treble and 4/64 bass using a StewMac-like gauge. Intonation was good. This is the first guitar I owned that was factory plek'd and it is buzz free at this very low setup.

The pickups are low wind ALNICO 2's - Burstbucker 1 and 2. They are surprisingly bright and chimey in a very good way. No mud and with higher gain settings on my Mustang III amp they are still articulate. The 2017 Traditional model has hand-wired electronics with orange drop caps like the good old days. Newer models like the 2019 standard have PC boards with dip switches and lots of options that I wouldn't use.

In terms of sustain this thing just rings and rings. LP Trad's have *no* vibration killing weight relief like most of the other LP models which I suspect is the reason why. This one weighs a reasonable 9lb 6oz.

It came with a nice case, a Gibson branded leather strap, an adjustment tool and a birth certificate. It was 'born' the morning of Jan 10, 2017.

I never owned an LP before, having a nice mid-70's SG and didn't see the need. But frankly, this thing is just an awesome piece of music history. If you can find one used (I paid $1600) for a decent price don't hesitate.

2017 LP Traditional

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Caught snipping the Bright Cap
Nov 20th, 2018 01:10 PM   Edit   Profile  

Nice score!

I’ve been watching the mirror image of that guitar on Reverb.

I love the chunky neck.

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Four feets

By eight feets
Nov 20th, 2018 01:53 PM   Edit   Profile  

Wow! It's a beaut! For a used LP in mint condition, that is a great price. You didn't steal it, but ya done really well.

The late-model Gibsons (2010 and upward) are mostly very well-made guitars. The PLEK work is really well done on the ones I own as well as others I've handled.

Since you say you have not owned an LP before, here's a tip: keep a soft cotton cloth in the headstock portion of the case, and give the back of the neck a wipedown after every playing session. It will prevent development of the dreaded sticky-neck syndrome.

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Home of the Goodyear blimp
Nov 20th, 2018 02:56 PM   Edit   Profile  

Congrats. Love my 17 LP Classic.

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